Florimon has totaled five multi-hit games in 15 May starts. He's batting .250 (13 for 52) with two doubles, two home runs, five stolen bases, nine runs, 10 RBI and 12 strikeouts in that span.
The plan is for Pineda to make one more extended spring appearance before a 30-day rehab assignment. The Yankees will then decide to add Pineda to the major-league roster or option him to Triple-A for more refinement.
As he showed Wednesday against the Cubs,
"It's so much fun to be out there, closing out the game," Melancon said. "It's my favorite thing."
Melancon has been lights-out as a set up man this season, allowing just one run in his last 17 appearances, and the team clearly feels comfortable with him as a possible backup in case Jason Grilli falters.
"I love the fact that Mark's been battle tested," Hurdle said. "He's had some good opportunities, including some that have not worked out well. He's dealt with adversity. Those have become strengths for him. He is in a good place, personally and professionally. He's taking care of today and what opportunities he has today. Who knows what the rest of this season will provide?"
Melancon had 20 saves in 2011 for the Astros, but just one in each of the last two seasons.
Since restarting his rehab assignment May 8, Morales has made two starts for Portland and two starts for Pawtucket. He is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in two starts for Pawtucket and 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two starts for Portland.
"Martin is a very good baseball player and he certainly has the ceiling to get better," Washington said. "How good? I think we'll just have to wait and see."
Martin continues to split playing time in center field with Craig Gentry as he learns how to adjust to a 162-game schedule. However, his playing time has been on the rise lately because his offensive production has taken off. Martin has started eight of the last 10 games through Wednesday and has hit safely in seven straight (.381).
Still, Washington feels Martin has plenty of room to improve offensively.
"I think he's still trying to find that," Washington said. "The thing is he's getting comfortable and getting his confidence together, and that's the key."
Davis is batting just .147 with a .482 on-base plus slugging percentage through the season's first 42 games, and rumbles about a possible demotion are growing louder by the day. He is 1 for his last 38 to drop him to last among qualified hitters in batting average.